Wisconsin tennis star Jeremy Sonkin will fire up his 2006 tennis season at Tulsa University this week. The junior will face the best college tennis players, including 36 out of the top 40 players in the nation, at the ITA Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships. The tournament will include last year’s winner who is also this year’s No. 1 seed, John Isner, from the University of Georgia. Last year’s NCAA single’s finalist Somdev Devvarman, from the University of Virginia, will also be at the tournament. These two players are only a fraction of the star-studded list of players heading to Tulsa, but Sonkin remains confident and excited.”I want to win in the qualifying rounds, and then make my way through the first couple of rounds in the main draw,” Sonkin said. “I’m very confident in my game right now and I’ve been working very hard.” Sonkin’s goals for himself will fuel him throughout the tournament, and keep him focused on winning. Last year, his promising season was cut short by an elbow injury, right before competing for the Big Ten singles championship as the No. 1 seed. “I’ve worked hard these past couple of weeks and have been trying to start good habits, and get over last year’s injuries,” Sonkin related. “The whole team has been practicing very hard, I’m just trying to get better every day and start this year’s season off on a good note, I’m really excited to get going.”Although his season ended early last year, he will have a chance to show he has healed from his injuries this week in Tulsa by starting off his first competition of the 2006 fall tennis season with a bang.”I’m feeling good going into this tournament, I’m hitting the ball really well, and I’m definitely ready to go,” Sonkin said. “It’s very important to me to start off on the right foot, and I’ve been working hard to achieve that.” Despite the prestige of the tournament and all the talented players participating, Sonkin keeps a level head and stays confident. “I have some butterflies before every match just because I want to get out there and play. This tournament will be very exciting for me, and I’m excited to compete,” Sonkin said. “I want to win every match and keep a positive attitude, no matter who I play.” In the end, he is just trying to echo the advice men’s tennis coach Greg Van Emburgh gives the team every day on the tennis court. “He loves to encourage us and keep things positive,” Sonkin said of Van Emburgh. “If you have passion and fight on the court, anything can happen.”Sonkin will be the only Badger in the tournament, and opens play in a qualifying tournament, which contains a 128-player draw and is held from Monday Oct. 2 to Wednesday Oct. 4. If he should emerge from the qualifying round, Sonkin will go on to the 64-player main tournament draw, which will be held from Thursday Oct. 5 through Sunday Oct. 8.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2.View Roundup 04-03 in a larger mapCrimes against a personat 4:12 p.m. on April 1, a staff member reported that she had been the subject of ongoing harassment by another staff member who is the ex-girlfriend of her current boyfriend.At 2:24 p.m. on April 1, a student reported that an unidentified subject posted a negative blog about her on a website.Crimes against propertyAt 8:19 p.m. on March 31, a suspect removed a student’s unattended phone from the field at the Physical Education Building and fled on foot. The student activated a tracking program on the phone and DPS officers used it to locate the suspect off-campus. The suspect was detained and found in possession of the phone. He was arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.At 3:53 p.m. on March 31, a staff member reported that she discovered damage to the weather stripping on the front driver’s side window of her vehicle parked at the Keck Hospital Parking Building. She believes a staff member whom she had suspended is responsible.At 1:55 a.m. on March 31, a suspect removed a plastic folding barricade that city workers had set up near Parking Structure C.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 10:56 p.m. on April 1, DPS officers responded to a fire in a dumpster behind 1179 29th St., and attempted to put it out with fire extinguishers. The officers then used a water hose to prevent the fire from spreading until LAFD Unit #15 arrived and put it out. All units then cleared the scene.
Walton has repeatedly insisted that the Lakers will not try to alter Ball’s unconventional shooting motion and that the shots will start falling.“I know that he’s out here working,” Walton said. “I know that he’s been a good shooter his whole life.”When Ball is packing for his first big trip, perhaps he could leave his recent performances behind. Maybe throw in some of what he accomplished in college.In one season at UCLA, Ball shot 41.2 percent from 3-point range and Walton said he has watched the rookie make 10 straight jumpers in practice.“I think it’s just in my head,” Ball said. “Got to keep working.”Added Walton: “It will only be a matter of time when that percentage starts to go up.”The Lakers thinking seems to be: The shooting trouble will take care of itself, and so will Ball.The sweatsuit situation is another matter. Walton was reminded of his own rookie season when he was 23.He had never owned a heavy coat. He didn’t need one in his native San Diego or at the University of Arizona. He figured the team-issued pullover sweatshirts would get him through the winter.“That,” he said Monday, “is not what a winter coat is.”He learned that at 3 a.m. in Minneapolis as he helped unload the team plane. It was a situation that called for more than the T-shirt and jeans he found himself wearing while unloading the team plane– a bygone duty for Lakers rookies – in 20-degree weather.“I now pack winter coats every time I go on these type of trips,” Walton said.Walton better hope Ball is as quick of a study. Otherwise his point guard might stay ice cold. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — To prepare for the unknown, Lonzo Ball bought a suitcase. He will throw in three sweatsuits and hope that’s good enough for the frigid climates in Boston, Washington and Milwaukee.“I don’t have very (much) cold attire,” Ball said. “I’m from out here.”For his first multi-game trip, Ball is kind of winging it. The Lakers don’t give their rookies a checklist for what to pack on a long trip.“We trust that they can pack,” Walton said, “but we also expect them to make some mistakes and then they’ll learn from those mistakes.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAdd life on the road to the list of things the Lakers seem content to let Ball figure out on his own.That list already includes Ball’s poor shooting. The star rookie’s season shooting percentage dipped below 30 percent after he made just 3 of 13 shots in Sunday’s 107-102 win over Memphis. At 29.9 percent from the floor he ranks last among 19 qualified rookies, while Kuzma’s 56.3 percent leads the field.Against the Grizzlies, Ball made only one of his eight 3-point attempts and through 10 games is just 11 of 47 from deep.The surprising Lakers (5-5) have won three of their last four games, but in that span Ball has made just 2 of 15 3-point attempts. The No. 2 pick in June’s draft has always been billed as a pass-first playmaker, but the Lakers can’t afford for Ball to be pass-only.“He’s been a little down on himself a little bit with the season he’s having,” fellow rookie starter Kyle Kuzma said. “Of course he wants to play a lot better. I just try to tell him to be more aggressive on the floor. … Once he’s confident in his game he’s pretty hard to guard.”